Oldham's Disability Cycling Launch
On Thursday the 24th February, Oldham saw the launch of the new Wheels for All centre.
With the weather on their side and around 150 people turning up to find out more about what’s on offer, the day seemed to be an all round success!
Cycling Projects along with Oldham Council has set up the innovative disability cycling scheme called Wheels for All, aimed at making cycling accessible to everyone.
Chaddy the Owl (Latics mascot) saddled up alongside Oldham Youth Mayor Liam Turner and Mayoress Jean Jones to try out some of the specially-adapted bikes. The new centre is located in Alexandra Park, where there is more than 30 adapted cycles, plus a range of mountain bikes and trikes, available. The sessions are designed to not only have health benefits but to be fun for all those involved.
With Ride Leaders to help on hand, riders are free to explore the delights of the park at their own pace, as well as take advantage of the cycle path network linking to other parts of the borough.
Lot’s of people thoroughly enjoyed the day, with some quoting;
“I thought it was a fantastic turn out . . . my visually impaired student who attended, mentioned how nice it was to hear all the laughter and enjoyment from participants!”
“Brilliant, both children enjoyed being able to go on the bikes which they never would normally be able to do.”
“We found the experience great as a family and the bikes very accessible, and fun.”
With the great turn out along with the feedback from the day, shows how this sort of activity is very much needed within Oldham. To find out when the regular disability cycle sessions are running in Oldham, please click here.
You can find more pictures from the day here.